by John Smith
The computer-age version of Cameron's sci-fi "Aliens", where motorbikes replace power loaders, robots replace monsters, and even the music score is synth-electric."Terminator 2: Judgement Day" is the centre panel of Cameron's marvellous triptych, that begun with "Aliens" and ended gloriously with "Titanic". It is the weakest of the three, and by far the least memorable, but I guess that's partly because it lacks the depth of theme of it's counterparts.
"Do You Have That In Silver?"
"Aliens" has it's gore, sweat and mothers, "Titanic", it's undulating ocean grave, hymnal score, and rotting hulk, while "T2" rocks with generational conflict. Each film has an instantly recognisable look and sound, which Cameron has set with lighting, design, casting and music, and fit perfectly together, chronologically at that, as a dazzling masterwork about birth, life, and death.
What "T2" lacks in heart (that's all in "Titanic") and class (thanks to Sigourney Weaver and R Giger - that's all in "Aliens") it makes up in style. Set in and around apocalyptic Los Angeles, the film is full of stately big rigs, skyscrapers, and golden desert scapes.
Of course, it wouldn't be a Cameron film without a central female character who loses her feminine frills to take charge and save the day, and Linda Hamilton acquits herself well, with fabulous muscles and a snarly top lip. (She's not, though, anywhere near competing with Sigourney Weaver, Kate Winslet, or Jamie Lee Curtis).One thing that always jars me about "T2", and which prevents me from revisiting it as often as I have "Aliens" and "Titanic", which, combined, I must have seen at least fifty times, is Edward Furlong. This mediocre actor looks like Leonardo di Caprio, but behaves like "Tickle Me Elmo" in a bad mood, and he really puts me off the entire movie.
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originally posted: 05/23/02 16:39:49